As the New Year begins, many sites are talking about tips for a new you. In today’s post, I am sharing tips that have worked for me in the past or new ones that I started doing this year that are working out nicely thus far. Scheduling Me time on the calendar for myself is new, and thus far, 5 days into 2018 is working out beautifully.
11 Tips for a New You
1. Pick out your top five goals for 2018
Write your five goals down in order of priority. Do not set yourself up for failure with this. I like to take it in baby steps personally. If you read my Goal’s for 2018 post, you will notice I have goals that have to be completed for January along with some major ones to accomplish this year.
I pick four from my January list, and one from my year-long list. If the goal involves me to make an appointment, I make the appointment and put a new January goal in its place. As I get the must be done by the end of Jan list complete, I add another from my year-long goals in its place.
My top five currently:
1. Go through subscriptions we haven’t used the past 6 months.
2. Review my will (appointment made)
2. Cash in my coin jug
3. Review Investments (appointment made)
3. Revisit auto and homeowners insurance policies
4. Review Retirement plans (appointment made)
4. Revisit my credit card, check for points and APR. Can I get better at another company?
5. Guest room makeover completion.
I haven’t added things like blog posts, read 30 books, etc. To me, those are a given, and I will be holding myself accountable as the year progresses. I have the top 10 books I want to read already in my reading nook ready to go, and I have planned out my editorial calendar for the year for the blog already just in case I find myself not sure what I want to write about. Love that new Me time I scheduled for myself!
2. Keep going, even if you mess up.
Don’t let that stumbling block set the precedence for the rest of the year. You tripped; shake it off and keep going. As humans, we are not perfect no matter how hard we try to be. Remember, you can do it!The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection – George Orwell Click To Tweet
3. Pick rewards for each milestone you accomplish
Rewards are for important goals you have accomplished. If your goal is to stop smoking, and you have done it, take some of that money you saved on your cigarettes and either treat yourself to a spa day or buy something cute for yourself. If you lost 10 lbs, buy a cute new wardrobe piece. You get the picture. I believe in rewards for major accomplishments for my children, I don’t see why as a parent, you can’t reward yourself for an achievement too.
4. Hold yourself accountable.
Pick a friend or family member you can discuss your progress or mess-ups with, knowing they won’t judge you. Mark a completion date on your personal ME calendar to give yourself a deadline.
5. De-clutter your life, organization in your home will also help organize and destress your mind.
Donate your items to a charity of your choice. You will help someone else, and it is a reminder that you are an awesome sauced person. You can make a difference.
To me, de-cluttering your life is also about organizing your time. You need to get in time to get things done and time for yourself.
6. Spend more time outdoors.
It is incredible how just going outside and enjoying some sunlight can help you destress, rebalance and feel good as a whole. Not to mention, that natural source of Vitamin D can really help your body.
7. Learn to relax. It is okay to take time for yourself to unwind.
Take this time to read a book, take up journeling or writing. Take a long bath with DIY Bath soaks and candles. Do what you need to do to relax your mind and body.
8. Learn something new.
Give yourself permission to take a class! One of my goals this year was to take a cake-decorating course and invite my daughter in law to go with me. We are both registered to be notified as soon as Micheals starts them for the year. In the meantime, we are looking at the schedule for other classes we would like to take together.
9. Make morning and evening routines that actually work for you.
Think about ways to make your life easier while still being productive. I have mine written out on my google calendar that sinks to both my phone and my Thunderbird email program. I remembered to add ME time in this year! I am enjoying the time I have budgeted for myself. As a mom, it is easy to feel guilty taking some time out for yourself. You will get over it. You deserve time to yourself.
This is how my morning looks:
5 am Wake up, start my wakeup tea. (1.5 cups water, boiled. Remove from heat; add 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of Ceylon Cinnamon. Steep. Add the juice of 1/4 lemon, plop that sucker in, add in 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey (Unless I am doing a Whole30)… sip and relax.) I also go through Facebook as I sip my wakeup tea. — Me time.
5:15 am Prep stuff for my boys. (Breakfast, smoothies for the day, etc.)
6 am Daily housework.
7:30 am my Work out of the Day – Me time.
8 am wake kids up; take my shower
8:15, Breakfast and coffee with kidlets (Coffee for me, not them, just so we are clear!)
8:45, 15 min meditation. Yep, some more me time in the morning.
9 am, Get the kids started with their schoolwork, and I start work. Luckily, I work from home most of the time. I get a chance to go to Twitter and Google+ for a few minutes and check to make sure blog posts are ready to go for the day.
This is how my evenings look:
6 pm, Prep for supper
6:45 supper on the table and we eat as a family. I have always been one of those parents with the no phone policy at the dinner table. Even before my kids had cell phones, if the house phone rang, it didn’t get answered. If it were something important, the caller would leave a message.
8pm Browse Pinterest. Yes, I am an addict, plus it is my personal time. I also use the time between 8 and 9 to go through tomorrow’s calendar, check schedules for everyone for the next day, and add new things that “came up.”
9 pm, tech blackout. Turn off my phone, go up to my craft room and work in my bullet journal, and get some reading time in.
10 pm, GOOD NIGHT! I reserve the right to go to sleep before 10 pm. After all, from 8 to 10 is my own personal me time. I can do with it as I will.
10. Plan out the next day the night before.
Revisit your calendar; add new things in that have come up. I plan my schedule for the week on Sunday nights, each night I revisit it, add items in that have just come up, and write everything down in my bullet journal. Remember to write yourself in when you are planning your day.
11. Accept yourself for the beautiful person you are.
It doesn’t matter if you have a few pounds to lose, or if you are like me, hate your nose. Those are outside things, some you can change, and some you cannot. It is what is on the inside that makes you who you are. You are beautiful; remember that.
What do you think of these 11 Tips for a New You?
Let me know what tips for a new you, or a more productive you where you love yourself and take time out for yourself that you have in the comments below. Have an opinion on my tips? Let me know that too.